María Canals Barrera (born María Pilar Canals; September 28, 1966) is an American actress, voice actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Theresa Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place, Connie Torres in Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, and as the voice of Shayera Hol/Hawkgirl in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.

Personal life

Canals Barrera was born in Miami, Florida to Cuban parents.[1] Interested in acting from a young age, she began taking drama classes in junior high.[2] Awarded a scholarship to University of Miami's drama school, she graduated from there with Bachelor of Fine Arts. She speaks fluent Spanish.

Barrera lives with her husband actor David Barrera and their two daughters, Bridget and Maddie in Los Angeles, California. A large percentage of her family lives in Miami, FL. She has a niece, Andria Canals and a nephew, Ricky Canals, both attended Dade Christian School in Miami Lakes, Florida.[1]


She has worked extensively in theater in both Miami and Los Angeles. She made her network television debut in the 1993 TV series Key West and has appeared in the WB series Popular as a prostitute by the name of Candybox, as well as such films as America's Sweethearts and The Master of Disguise. She has gained much recognition with comic book fans in recent years for her role as Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol on Bruce Timm's Justice League and Justice League Unlimited series. She also had a recurring role in Static Shock as Shelly Sandoval, a news reporter, and in Danny Phantom as Danny Fenton/Phantom's high school crush, Paulina. She also performed the voice of Mercedes "Meche" Colomar in the 1998 video game Grim Fandango. Canals also played incidental characters in two episodes on the TV series The Boondocks ("Grandad's Fight" and "Home Alone"). Canals has also starred in The George Lopez Show playing George's sister-in-law. She is the voice of Sunset Boulevardez on The Proud Family. Her most recent project is portraying Theresa Russo on Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place.


In 2002, won an American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) award for Best Supporting Actress for the TV series The Brothers Garcia.[3]

Filmography and TV roles

Year Film Role Notes
1993 Cop and a Half Mrs. Bobo #2
1995 My Family Young Irene
2001 America's Sweethearts Zeta-Jones' assistant
2002 The Master of Disguise Sophia
Bad Boy Woman at Bar
2003 Imagining Argentina Esme Palomares
2011 Larry Crowne TBA in-production
Television Films
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Harlan & Merleen Carmen
2005 The Proud Family Movie Sunset Boulevardez Disney Channel Original Movie
2008 Camp Rock Connie Torres
2009 Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie Theresa Russo
2010 Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Connie Torres
2011 Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie: Sequel Theresa Russo
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico Sofia Voice
Year Title Role Notes
1992-1994 Marielena Nancy recurring role
1997-1998 The Tony Danza Show Carmen Cruz
2000-2004 Static Shock Shelly Sandoval
2001-2004 Justice League Hawkgirl, Livewire Main role
2001-2005 The Proud Family Sunset Boulevardez recurring role
2004-2006 Justice League Unlimited Hawkgirl, Fire Main role
2004-2007 Danny Phantom Paulina recurring role
2007-present Wizards of Waverly Place Theresa Russo Main role
Television guest appearances
Year Title Role Notes
1990 21 Jump Street Rosina 1 episode
1991 Key West Fig
1994 Murder, She Wrote Carmen
Viper Carla
1995 Almost Perfect Carmen
1996 Goode Behavior Denise
1998 Veronica's Closet ?
Caroline in the City Maria
1999 Beggars and Choosers Yolanda multiple episodes
2000 That's Life ? 1 episode
2001 The Brothers García Ms. Azteca
Popular Candy Box
2003 Miss Match Store Manager
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Delilah - Hygienist
2005 The Boondocks Spanish TV Reporter 2 episodes
2006 George Lopez Claudia 1 episode
Handy Manny Peggy Salazar
2007 The Loop Agent Denise
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Grim Fandango Mercedes "Meche" Colomar Voice
2010 DC Universe Online Hawkgirl Voice


External links

  1. REDIRECT Template:IMDb name

bg:Мария Каналс Барера ca:Maria Canals Barrera it:Maria Canals Barrera ms:Maria Canals Barrera nl:Maria Canals Barrera no:Maria Canals Barrera pl:Maria Canals Barrera pt:Maria Canals Barrera ro:Maria Canals Barrera sl:Maria Canals Barrera fi:Maria Canals

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.